Man Shot During Protest Over Milo Lecture at University of Washington (UPDATE)

A man is facing life-threatening injuries after being shot during a protest outside a lecture by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous.

Scene by Kane Hall where gun shot victim reported #KOMOnews

— Kiyomi Taguchi (@KiyomiTaguchi) January 21, 2017

On Friday night, alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to give a lecture at the University of Washington, and a man got shot just behind the hall where he was speaking.

Yiannopoulos, one of Complex's Worst People of 2016, is a technology journalist for Breitbart who writes articles like "The Solution to Online 'Harassment' Is Simple: Women Should Log Off." In his spare time, he's an internet troll who is infamous for harassing Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, an action that got him banned from Twitter.

He is currently on a university speaking tour, and appearances have been met with protests and controversy—a recent event at UC Davis was shut down entirely by protesters. Friday's appearance at Washington was likewise met by hundreds of opponents, according to KOMO. The crowd turned rowdy and, by some reports, began throwing paint balloons.

Several people hit with blue paint thrown from crowd at UW campus demonstration.

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) January 21, 2017

People, both those trying to see the lecture and those trying to prevent it, grew restless and agitated.

Protesters are not allowing 100s of #UW students to get into speech by controversial alt-right author Milo in Kane Hall. Tempers flaring.

— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) January 21, 2017

 One young man claimed he was beaten by the crowd. 

This high school sr says he was just beaten by protestors outside @Uw Milo Yiannopoulos event. #komonews

— Gabe Cohen (@GabeCohenNews) January 21, 2017

Yiannopoulos took the stage about a half hour late, to a half-full room.

Milo Yiannapolous takes the stage at #UWs Kane Hall, which is only half full due to protest efforts outside to shut it down and stop crowd.

— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) January 21, 2017

The shooting took place behind Kane Hall, where the lecture was held. Details are vague, but one observer noted that the victim was a middle-aged white man. The Seattle Police Department issued a statement saying that the man had been shot in the abdomen. 

Officers working to remove one person with suspected gunshot wound to abdomen from crowd at UW campus demonstration. Developing.

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) January 21, 2017

The Fire Department confirmed that the man, still unnamed, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with a "possible life threatening injury."

Adult male transported to HMC with possible life threatening injury from a gun shot wound. Pt transported from area near Spokane Ln NE

— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) January 21, 2017

UPDATED 9:15 a.m. ET: According to various reports, a man deemed to be a person of interest turned himself in to University of Washington police. The Seattle Police Blotter website confirms the man was questioned about the incident and Seattle Police Department detectives are handling the shooting investigation in conjunction with The University of Washington Police Department.

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